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Utah Researchers Study Positive Effects of Infrared Light into Concussed Brains

Whether a former football player, boxer, tactical athlete, soccer player, or any other type of athlete for that matter, the long-lasting symptoms of a concussion or brain injuries are real. Debilitating mood swings, diminished cognitive... more »

Get The Facts on Youth Sports Injuries

In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and more than 3.5 million injuries each year, which cause some loss of time of participation, are experienced by... more »

NFL Op-Ed: More Diversity in Sports Medicine Can Improve Athletes’ Health

As the National Football League begins another exciting season, players are once again relying on their club medical staffs to provide medical care and advice to stay healthy throughout the season. A recent op-ed post... more »

LSU Study Shows Football Players Bounced Back Quickly from COVID

A first-of-its-kind study conducted in collaboration with LSU’s School of Kinesiology, LSU Athletics, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Our Lady of the Lake researched how the immune system of elite student-athletes responded to the COVID-19... more »

Queensland University Aims for World’s First Concussion Blood Test

Researchers at The University of Queensland are seeking volunteer school rugby and basketball players for brain scans as they work on a new blood test to help diagnose concussion. The Queensland Brain Institute at UQ has partnered... more »

How To Know the Signs of a Concussion

As high school sports get underway this fall, sports medicine specialists remind athletes, parents, and coaches that concussions can be challenging to diagnose. A recent report from Medical Xpress highlighted the signs to be aware of... more »

Pickleball Injuries Are On The Rise

For many Americans, the pandemic sport of choice was pickleball, a game played on a court that is part ping pong, part badminton, and part tennis. Highly social while being played both indoors and outdoors,... more »

The Title IX Impact on Women Athlete’s Sport Studies

Many of the impacts Title IX has had on women are well-known, visible throughout society. What about the impacts of women playing sports that aren't known, though? And what might that mean for our society in the... more »

IV Nutrition Becoming the Norm for Athletes, Despite No Evidence It Works

Intravenous (IV) nutrition, which used to be considered a treatment of "last resort," is threatening to become the norm for competitive athletes, despite no scientific evidence that it works or that it is safe, warn... more »

LHU Athletic Training Students Complete Bucknell Externship

As part of Greg Zappala’s final semester with Lock Haven University’s (LHU) Master of Science degree in athletic training, he completed his full-immersion internship with Bucknell University’s sports medicine and athletic training staff. This experience... more »

Vanderbilt Using Motion Capture Technology to Assess Movement Patterns

It starts as persistent and irritating pain in the foot or lower leg, then it gets more intense, maybe with swelling, and soon a runner knows she’s being sidelined by one of the most common... more »

Study: High School Seniors Playing Contact Sports Are 50% More Likely to Future Misuse of Prescription Stimulants

High school seniors who play sports were suggested to be more likely than non-athletes to misuse prescription stimulants in young adulthood, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of Michigan also found that... more »

Delaware Student-Athletes Get Free Sports Physicals Ahead of Fall Season

Nearly 70 young athletes from Delaware participated in free sports physicals to prepare them for their next sports season thanks to 11 family medicine resident physicians who volunteered their time on a recent Saturday to... more »

Food Insecurity in Collegiate Student-Athletes

With the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) policy being passed by the NCAA last year, most of the conversation has been going toward athletes receiving fancy cars or new shoes. While this may be true... more »

IOC Launches Long-Term Study of Olympians to Help Physical & Mental Health

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote athletes’ safety and well-being, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), along with the University of Edinburgh, has launched the IOC Olympians Health Cohort, a new long-term research project... more »

Getting Young Student-Athletes Ready for the Athletic School Year

As a new school year begins, many students return to their favorite sports or try something new. A recent story from HealthDay News spoke with a sports medicine professional from Baylor University to discuss how... more »

Four Best Exercises for Hip Mobility

Mobility exercises are the not-so-secret way to fast-track your fitness goals, whatever they are. Not only is mobility important for your overall physical health and longevity, but it also promotes muscle activation, decreases pain and... more »

How Do NFL Teams Handle Training in the Summer Heat?

Football is in full swing — not just at the high school and collegiate levels, but also at the professional level. But while football players push themselves to train in the hot summer heat, they... more »

Study Finds ‘Conclusive Proof’ Contact Sports Leads to CTE

New research claims to have found "conclusive evidence" that repetitive head impacts can cause degenerative brain disease, with leading sports organizations urged to acknowledge the analysis by world-leading experts. According to a recent article from... more »

Exercises to Improve Knee Strength and Flexibility

As the name suggests, runner’s knee is one of the most common running injuries, and it’s also one of the most annoying to beat once it strikes. According to Michael Harrop, specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Pure Sports Medicine(opens in new... more »

94% of Athletes Had Little to No Symptoms After Testing Positive for COVID-19

A recent study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that the majority of athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 had either no symptoms or mild acute symptoms. Results from the study revealed that... more »

Study: Sports Play Important Role in Men’s Mental Health

Sports can play a crucial role in challenging stereotypes and promoting positive mental health for boys and young men, new Australian research has concluded. "Suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged 15–25... more »

Three of Four Teens Aren’t Getting Enough Daily Exercise

Three out of every four teens aren't getting enough exercise according to a recent study, and this lack is even more pronounced among female students. But new research from the University of Georgia suggests improving... more »

Protecting the Young Elbow, Part II

Elbow injuries in young baseball pitchers continue to rise and reduce participation. Second to the shoulder, the elbow is a vulnerable area and prone to injury in the young throwing arm. Unfortunately, many young pitchers... more »

Study Links Higher Asthma Risk in Skiers with Intensive Training

An intensive training schedule is linked to a heightened risk of non-allergic asthma in competitive cross-country skiers, finds research published in the open-access journal BMJ Open Sports & Exercise Medicine. The prevalence of non-allergic asthma was... more »

Study Suggests Antibiotics Weaken Athletic Performance

New research demonstrates that by killing essential gut bacteria, antibiotics ravage athletes’ motivation and endurance. The UC Riverside-led mouse study suggests the microbiome is a big factor separating athletes from couch potatoes. Other studies have... more »

Study: Team Sports Support Athletes’ Mental Health

Studies show that there are many proven mental health benefits of team sports. Playing team sports can improve a person’s mental health, especially at the youth level when tweens and kids are most vulnerable. A recent... more »

New Open-Access Journal from American College of Sports Medicine Coming in the Fall

Exercise, Sport, and Movement will be an international open-access, peer-reviewed journal focusing on all aspects of exercise science and sports medicine. Submissions to the new journal are now open, marking the opening of the 2022 ACSM... more »

Screening Breathing Patterns in Athletic Populations

Dysfunctional breathing patterns are associated with a high risk of musculoskeletal conditions, resulting in poor physical performance. Now, a study by researchers in Japan has found that among athletes across age groups, there is a... more »

Study: Competitiveness, Characteristics Predict Athlete’s Level of Sports Specialization

Sport specialization has been associated with increased injury and negative psychosocial effects on young athletes. With the continuing trend toward this route, studies have begun to examine what motivates this decision. According to published results... more »

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